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Upgrade on Svalbard Global Seed Vault to prevent permafrost melt from harming seeds

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Upgrade on Svalbard Global Seed Vault to prevent permafrost melt from harming seeds


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Water breaches ‘Doomsday’ vault entrance, seeds unharmed

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Upgrade on Svalbard Global Seed Vault to prevent permafrost melt from harming seeds
The Norwegian Government is redesigning parts of the Global Seed Vault, after a record warm summer caused permafrost to melt and flood the entrance. The Global Seed Vault has 930,000 seeds from around the world, including a deposit of 11,000 from Australia, and is located in an ice mountain in the Arctic Circle at Svalbard. Reports emerged over the weekend that heavy rain at the end of winter, and a permafrost melt caused a flood in the vault's entrance portal forcing open some of the access points   Read More ...
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Water breaches ‘Doomsday’ vault entrance, seeds unharmed
SVALBARD, Norway — Unseasonably warm temperatures last fall caused water to breach the entrance to the Arctic’s so-called “Doomsday” seed vault, one of humanity’s last hopes after a global catastrophe, the company that manages the vault said last week. The Global Seed Vault is beneath the icy permafrost of Svalbard, midway between Norway and the North Pole. Carved into the side of a mountain, the vault holds more than 500 million seeds from around the globe that could be used to recreate food supplies   Read More ...
Poolwildernis van Svalbard nu ook opslagplaats voor digitale data
Op de eilandengroep Svalbard, halverwege het Noorse vasteland en de Noordpool, bevinden zich nu twee belangrijke bewaarplaatsen. De opslagplek voor alle zaden ter wereld zat er al langer, en sinds een paar dagen is daar het Arctic World Archive bij gekomen. Een Noors technologiebedrijf, Piql genaamd, wil hier diep onder de grond waardevolle data gaan opslaan. Een in onbruik geraakte mijn onder de   Read More ...
Digital 'Doomsday' vault for data to neighbour seed vault on Svalbard Island, Norway
Historically important documents and literature could be preserved for hundreds of years in a new vault that will neighbour the famous "Doomsday" seed vault on an Arctic island in Norway. The Arctic World Archive, developed by Norwegian company Piql and a Norwegian coal mining company, shares the same mountain as the Global Seed Vault on Svalbard Island, located in the Arctic sea between Norway and North Pole   Read More ...
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The Doomsday Vault: Humanity’s salvation?
On the Arctic tundra in Svalbard, Norway, about half-way between Oslo and the North Pole, there are no gardens, no trees. Yet, deep beneath this barren surface lies the largest concentration of agricultural diversity anywhere on Earth. The angular, concrete structure seems more “modern art museum” than “seed storage vault.” It impresses even before entering. American agriculturalist Cary Fowler heads this international effort to safeguard the sources of the world’s food supply -- one designed to outlast any disaster, and ultimately, all of us   Read More ...
‘Doomsday Vault’ Gets 50,000 More Deposits, Food Crisis Looming?
The “doomsday vault” that is supposed to contain enough seeds to sustain humanity in case of a global disaster just received a 50,000-seed deposit. The Svalbard Global Seed Vault is located in a remote region of Norway about 620 miles from the North Pole. The gene bank has only been opened once before. The 50,000 seed deposit also included a return of reconstituted seeds removed from the Svalbard Global Seed   Read More ...
200 evacuated as avalanche hits Arctic Svalbard
The islands’ governor Kjerstin Askholt said that no one had been injured or killed in the event, which is the latest in a string of avalanches to hit the town. “I didn’t get any warning. There was a huge bang, and then the house started moving around,” one resident, Nils Lorentsen, told NRK. “There were crushed scooters and sledges lying up along the wall. The neighbour’s car was pushed into   Read More ...
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Avalanches: A force more deadly than polar bears
You might think that polar bears -- and the potential for attack -- are the biggest danger the Norwegian arctic island archipelago of Svalbard. But avalanches kill far more people on Svalbard than polar bears ever have. Researchers from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology and the University Centre in Svalbard are working on ways to improve avalanche prediction and protection in the Arctic. One minute he was warming   Read More ...
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Norway and EU lock claws in crabbing dispute
The Svalbard Treaty of 1920 not only established Norway’s sovereignty over the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard, it also ensured that the 45 signatories of the treaty, which includes many countries that today belong to the EU, would have equal rights to carry out business activities, including hunting and fishing, on the archipelago. Norway, however, maintains that the commercial rights only apply on land and to roughly 22 kilometres of Svalbard’s   Read More ...
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Coal mine dust lowers spectral reflectance of Arctic snow by up to 84 percent
Dust released by an active coal mine in Svalbard, Norway, reduced the spectral reflectance of nearby snow and ice by up to 84 percent, according to new University of Colorado Boulder-led research. The study illustrates the significant, localized role that dark-colored particulates -- which absorb more solar radiation than light-colored snow and keep more heat closer to Earth's surface -- can play in hastening Arctic ice melt. Unblemished snow and   Read More ...
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Coal mine dust hastens Arctic snow melt
Dust released by an active coal mine in Svalbard, Norway, reduced the spectral reflectance of nearby snow and ice by up to 84 percent, according to new University of Colorado Boulder-led research. The study illustrates the significant, localized role that dark-colored particulates—which absorb more solar radiation than light-colored snow and keep more heat closer to the Earth's surface—can play in hastening Arctic ice melt. Unblemished snow and ice have a   Read More ...
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Reindeer are shrinking: Will Santa need more to pull his sleigh?
Speaking at the British Ecological Society annual meeting in Liverpool this week, researchers will reveal that over the past 20 years -- during a period of noticeable summer and winter warming in the Arctic -- reindeer on Svalbard have got smaller and lighter. Ecologists from the James Hutton Institute, Norwegian Institute for Nature Research and Norwegian University of Life Sciences have worked in the high Arctic since 1994, measuring and   Read More ...
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Charting riches in the ocean's depths
Researchers at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) have previously estimated that the Norwegian continental shelf may contain a great wealth of minerals and metals. Now they suggest Norway take steps to clarify the industrial potential of mineral extraction from the seabed. In September, a research ship returned to Norway from the Arctic waters between Jan Mayen and Svalbard, where its crew spent three weeks collecting mineral samples   Read More ...
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Plagiarism vs. originality debate takes centre stage in book reading
The novelist Virginia Woolf once said that if you want to come up afresh in thousands of minds and books long after you were dead, the way to do it is to start thinking for yourself.   Read More ...
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